By Karen Gaudette Brewer

My first breakfast burrito hailed from a convenience store freezer and tasted like disappointment. But my favorite breakfast burrito ever (eaten in New Mexico, warm from the kitchen) was bright with gems of green chile and plump with a cozy mix of hashbrowns, bacon, cheese, and scrambled egg. In my mind, it remains the benchmark by which all future breakfast burritos must measure. And that's the challenge of make-ahead breakfast burritos: most are freezer-burnt and lackluster. Here's how to get yours as close to your own Breakfast Burrito Benchmark as possible.

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How to Make the Best Breakfast Burritos

These are breakfast burrito-making best practices from fellow breakfast burrito addicts.

On saving time: "BUY FROZEN HASH BROWNS! I doubled the recipe and it took an extra hour to make the STUPID hash browns and it was a huge mess. But the recipe overall was ah-mazing!" — healthnut13, a fan of New Mexico Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

On working with green chile: "When simmering the chile, make sure to not let the peppers simmer for too long: they can begin to lose their flavor as they're already roasted/cooked beforehand. Also, if you can find it, use the FROZEN Hatch green chile." — SunnyRJ, a fan of New Mexico Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

On packaging: "I have been doing this for years, adding bacon and sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, chopped tomatoes, SPAM, anything I feel like or have on hand. I wrap in wax paper when cool and put in Ziploc bags and freeze. Fast, nutritious breakfast for people on the go!" — crkpluv, a fan of Southwest Breakfast Burritos See how to make them!

On reducing the greasiness factor: "I always cook the chorizo sausage and drain it to avoid a bunch of grease and cook the eggs and onion separately. I also have a non-stick pan so no need for cooking spray." — Jillian, a fan of Chorizo Breakfast Burritos

On reheating: "They are great to take out of the freezer in the morning, use the defrost setting on the microwave and then finish heating on a regular setting." — Young Jennifer, a fan of Easy Money Breakfast Burritos


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